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Wikimedia Commons Two Mayors Suspended for Alleged Misconduct in Costa Rica

Source: Facebook In the last 48 hours, the Mayors of two significant municipalities in Costa Rica have been suspended from their leadership positions. The political leaders in question are Mayor Nestor Mattis Williams of Limon and Mayor Roberto Thompson of Alajuela. As reported by The Costa Rica Star earlier this week, Roberto Thompson, Mayor of the second most populous city of Costa Rica, ...

Former Brazilian President Lula with football star Ronaldinho. Wikimedia Commons Are You Ready for President Lula 3.0 in Brazil?

Former Brazilian President Lula with football star Ronaldinho. Wikimedia Commons Rio de Janeiro, Aug 28 (EFE).- Former two-term President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva acknowledged Friday that he is weighing the possibility of seeking to return to Brazil's highest office in the 2018 elections. "I can't say that I am or that I'm not (a candidate)," Lula said during an interview with Radio Itatia...

Source: Facebook Mayor of Alajuela Arrested in Costa Rica

Source: Facebook Roberto Thompson, Mayor of the second largest and most populous city of Costa Rica, was arrested yesterday afternoon after being summoned to a regional precinct by prosecutors. He is expected to be booked on charges related to unlawful awards of liquor licenses, although an ongoing investigation suggests that other charges may be filed as well. According to a news report fi...

Wikimedia Commons US Hispanic Journalists Lash Out Against Donald Trump

Wikimedia Commons Washington, Aug 26 (EFE).- The National Association of Hispanic Journalists, or NAHJ, criticized Republican presidential hopeful and real estate developer Donald Trump for ordering the removal of Univision's Jorge Ramos from a press conference in Iowa. The NAHJ ripped Trump in a statement for allowing the expulsion of Ramos "solely because he was asking questions." "Mr....

Nicaragua Canal The Phantom Nicaragua Canal Project Raises Suspicions

A long period of inactivity, as well as a conspicuous lack of rhetoric from the administration of longtime President Daniel Ortega, is prompting speculation about whether the quixotic Grand Canal of Nicaragua is an actual civil engineering project or just a smokescreen for some sort of iniquity. As has been reported by The Costa Rica Star over the last couple of years, the Grand Canal of Nicara...

Wikimedia Commons Homeless Hispanic Man Attacked by Supporters of Donald Trump

Wikimedia Commons Washington, Aug 21 (EFE).- Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump on Friday described as "terrible" the news of the beating dealt a homeless Hispanic man in Boston by a pair of brothers, who said they were backing the billionaire's anti-immigration policies. "Boston incident is terrible. We need energy and passion, but we must treat each other with respect. I would n...

This photograph from September 2003 shows a Black Hawk helicopter about to take off from an airfield in Iraq. EFE Two U.S. Black Hawk Helicopters Landed in Costa Rica

On Wednesday morning, two Sikorski UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, allegedly configured as HH-60 combat rescue aircraft for service in the United States Air Force, were seen flying over the community of La Palma, not far from Ciudad Neilly in the southern region of Costa Rica. According to a news report filed by Manuel Estrada of daily tabloid Diario Extra, the two helicopters landed on a forest cle...

Wikimedia Commons Donald Trump Plans to Keep Money from Remittances to Mexico

Chicago, Aug 20 (EFE).- Experts say Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump's promise to seize Mexican immigrants' remittances if Mexico does not pay for the construction of a border wall is just more bravado on the billionaire's part to remain on top of the polls. Trump, who disclosed his plan for dealing with illegal immigration last Sunday, got back in the spotlight when he said that as...

Sea turtle off Costa Rica's southern Pacific Coast Petition to Stop Legal Taking of Sea Turtle Eggs in Costa Rica

CR Star Archives SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA, August 19, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ -- There is little doubt Costa Rica's limited, legal sale of turtle eggs from one Pacific beach offers a loophole for the sale of eggs collected illegally elsewhere. Not only does egg poaching, often carried out by armed gangs, pose a clear danger to the endangered marine turtle species affected, it's putting an increasi...

Doves Film About Demilitarization of Costa Rica Discussed in Chicago

On August 20th, the Chicago Area Peace Action (CAPA) will screen the 2014 film “A Bold Peace: Costa Rica's Path of Demilitarization,” produced and directed by Matthew Eddy and Michael Dreiling. The screening will include a discussion with director Matthew Eddy. A Bold Peace is described as follows:   Over 60 years ago, Costa Rica became one of the only nations in the world to disband t...

Wikimedia Commons Donald Trump’s U.S. Immigration Plan Calls for Massive Deportations

Washington, Aug 16 (EFE).- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said in an interview with NBC that as president he would deport all the undocumented immigrants in the United States.   The 69-year-old billionaire real estate developer said he would rescind President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration.   Obama issued executive orders aimed at protecting so...

Dominican Republic Costa Rica Observes the Fragile Electoral Process in Haiti

Hispaniola Island, share by Haiti and the Dominican Republic OAS Media Relase. Port Au Prince -- The Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) that observed the first round of legislative elections in Haiti on Sunday, August 9, highlighted that despite some incidents of violence, most polling stations were able to conclude their operations as planned, and characterized the holding o...

File photo of retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro. EFE/File Fidel Castro Claims Cuba is Owed Millions by the U.S.

File photo of retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro. EFE/File Havana, Aug 13 (EFE).- The United States owes Cuba millions of dollars for the harm caused by its economic embargo on the island, Fidel Castro wrote in an article published Thursday, the day before Secretary of State John Kerry is due in Havana to raise the Stars and Stripes over the restored U.S. Embassy. "Cuba is owed compensation ...

Source: stopclustermunitions.org/ Costa Rica Observes 5th Year of Cluster Munition Convention

Source: Cluster Munition Coalition Cluster Munition Coalition Press Release – While the international community gets ready for the First Review Conference of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) to be held from 7 to 11 September in Dubrovnik Croatia, Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) members around the world celebrate the fifth anniversary of entry into force of the CCM. The Convention was...

Source: New Mexico National Guard Top Security Officials from Costa Rica Visit New Mexico

Source: New Mexico National Guard By Joseph Vigil, Chief of Public Affairs, New Mexico National Guard and 2nd Lt. Maria Del Rio, State Partnership Program Coordinator SANTA FE, N.M - A delegation of top officials from the Republic of Costa Rica visited the New Mexico National Guard here last week to share ideas as part of National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program (SPP). The partners...

"Ara ambigua" by Alois Staudacher - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons How the Green Macaw Killed Open Pit Mining in Costa Rica

"Ara ambigua" by Alois Staudacher - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons A chapter in the history of how open pit mining failed to take hold in Costa Rica recently closed with the bankruptcy of Canadian firm Infinito Gold, which lodged a lawsuit against the sovereignty of our country for what they feel was a breach of contract in the infamous Crucitas case. Although t...

Wikimedia Commons U.S. War on Drugs: El Chapo’s Cartel More Powerful than Ever

Mexico City, Aug 8 (EFE).- The Sinaloa drug cartel became more powerful during kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" (Shorty) Guzman's most recent 17-month prison stay, Mexico City daily El Universal reported, citing information obtained from the Mexican Attorney General's Office. Guzman was captured on Feb. 22, 2014, in Mazatlan, a Pacific coast city in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, and imprisoned a...

EFE file President of Venezuela Accuses CNN of Negative Propaganda

Source: Wikimedia Commons Caracas, Aug 7 (EFE).- President Nicolas Maduro accused CNN of conducting a "terrorist campaign" against Venezuela by airing false reports about looting in order to "destabilize" the country. "That's what CNN is doing...from the United States once again...but we are dismantling the plan and they know that we're dismantling it," Maduro said during a Cabinet meeting ...

Source: US Navy Costa Rica Attorney General Will Discuss U.S. War on Drugs

United States Government / State Department Press Release / August 4, 2015 – Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) William R. Brownfield will meet tomorrow, August 5, at the State Department with Attorneys General from Central America to discuss justice and law enforcement issues, as well as ongoing reform efforts, in the region. The Attorneys G...

Wikimedia Commons Will Donald Trump Sue Costa Rica?

Wikimedia Commons Business magnate Donald Trump is pretty busy these days. Not only is he trying to claim the Republican party ticket for the upcoming presidential elections in the United States; he is also involved in litigation against some of his former business partners who chose to terminate their relationships with Mr. Trump after his offensive and xenophobic comments against Mexican peo...

ISIS fighters in Iraq. Source: Wikimedia Commons ISIS Tribunal Carries Out Arrests and Executions in Iraq

ISIS fighters in Iraq. Source: Wikimedia Commons Mosul, Iraq, Aug 2 (EFE).- The Islamic State jihadist group on Sunday executed 15 Iraqi police officers and arrested four journalism students accused of collaborating with the foreign press in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. In remarks to EFE, Mohammed al-Bayati, the head of security in the Iraqi province of Nineveh, of which Mosul is the c...

Former Brazilian President Lula with football star Ronaldinho. Wikimedia Commons Bomb Explosion in Brazil Worsens Political Crisis

Former President Mujica, right, shakes hands with former President Lula of Brazil Sao Paulo, Jul 31 (EFE).- The think-tank led by former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva reported Friday that its headquarters was the target of "a political attack with an explosive device," adding that "fortunately no one was hurt." "The bomb was thrown at the building from a car," said the note ...

Cuba Costa Rica and Cuba Removed from Human Trafficking Blacklist

Washington, Jul 27 (EFE).- The United States removed Cuba from the list of countries whose governments do not fully comply with the minimum standards for combating human trafficking and "do not make significant efforts to do so." The U.S. State Department published Monday its annual report on human trafficking around the world in 2014, in which it identified the countries not taking the necessa...

Pixabay Commons UNESCO to Publish Results of Education Initiative in Costa Rica

UNESCO Event Announcement -- Remarking that “only a third part of the countries of the world reached the overall objectives of Education for All (EFA)” and with the coordinated effort with the Ministries of Education of Central America, the Education Sector of the Office of UNESCO for Central America and Mexico will publish the results of 15 years of investment of the Central American countries to...

Asuncion. Wikimedia Commons Political Protests in Paraguay End With Crucifixions

Asuncion. Wikimedia Commons Asuncion, Jul 22 (EFE).- The protest in which bus drivers have been "crucifying" themselves in Greater Asuncion was brought to the doors of the Labor Ministry in this capital on Wednesday, where four workers were nailed to crossed boards to demand respect for their labor rights. The four men, bringing to 18 the number of workers who have opted to take the extreme...

Wikimedia Commons Donald Trump Travels to the U.S. – Mexico Border

Wikimedia Commons Austin, Texas, Jul 23 (EFE).- The controversial Republican presidential hopeful, real estate magnate Donald Trump, in a short visit to the South Texas border city of Laredo on Thursday insisted on the need for a wall, albeit only along "certain sections" of the lengthy U.S.-Mexican frontier. Prior to his visit, there had been much anticipation over what the outspoken tycoo...

Dominican Republic Haiti Dismissses Ambassador to the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Port-au-Prince/Santo Domingo, Jul 22 (EFE).- The Haitian government fired its ambassador to Santo Domingo, Daniel Supplice, for not "appropriately" defending the country amid the current immigration crisis with the Dominican Republic, officials with the Haitian Foreign Ministry told EFE. The officials said that Supplice had been dismissed for "not having defended the coun...

SJO More Europeans Migrate to Costa Rica Than the Other Way Around

Studies by the International Organization on Migration (IOM) typically document high migration rates from “Third World” countries, such as Costa Rica, to developed nations such as member nations of the European Union. A recent presentation of a research study by the IOM, however, indicates that the trend has reversed in recent years. Part of the migration can be attributed to recent economic tu...

Green Sea Turtle Costa Rica Costa Rica Government Launches Sea Turtle Conservation Workshop

Source: Fuerza Publica Earlier this month, the Ministry of the Environment (Spanish acronym: MINAE) in Costa Rica held the first in a series of workshops destined towards defining the next strategy for sea turtle conservation in our coastal regions. The Vice Ministry of Coastlines and Wetlands will be in charge of these workshops, which call upon various stakeholders to determine the current s...

Havana Cubans Living in the U.S. May Face Massive Deportation

Washington, Jul 18 (EFE).- More than 35,000 Cubans for whom deportation orders have been issued could be repatriated to the Caribbean island as a result of the renewal of relations between the two countries, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, told EFE. According to ICE data, deportation orders have been issued for 35,106 Cuban nationals in the United States, of whom 162 are curre...

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